The Internet's Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.
Reviewer:Robert B. Livingston
July 11, 2014 Subject:
An interesting, but troubling film
Even beyond the troubling aspects of a national culture in which a government and its functionaries could target a talented and altruistic young man with such extreme malice and vengeance, it seems we need to ask how Swartz, with so many intelligent and sensitive friends and colleagues, could still become so isolated and despondent as to take his own life.
I am not as convinced that Swartz was "fragile" or utterly despondent. Look how he plunged into internet reform activities almost up to the last. I wonder deeply about what this film or Swartz's acquaintances, friends and family may be ignoring or not saying.
In many ways, I find that Swartz's demise was as senseless and inexplicable as that of Iris Chang's. Chang was another extremely gifted and courageous young person who gave so much to the world in such a short span of time.
This film is a hugely interesting and informative one, but I believe it still falls far short of telling us everything we may want to know about Aaron Swartz, who I can't help but think was a young David who was, in effect, slain by a Goliath.
I hope this film will spur more conversation and interest into Aaron Swartz's life and contributions, and the purpose of life itself.
Is it for profit? Or is it to be lived to improve the lives of us all?
Further, are we to trust and believe everything we see-- or should we do as Swartz suggested-- and question everything?
I am glad to see that this film has been made broadly available here at the Internet Archive.
July 10, 2014 Subject:
subtitles : we're working on it
When the english subtitles will be complete (we're at 30 % of totally completing them) there'll be possible to translate them much more easily (for the French translation, we're at 30% too — yes, I'm french ;) )
July 7, 2014 Subject:
Like Assange, Swartz respected non computer savvy people too
It's very simple: The corporations and banksters run our government and the government works for them, not we the common people. Thus our government oppresses us. And the privitization of traditional public services leads to more unjust laws, lack of services, and more unjust laws and lonter sentencing for the sake of the prison industry. The most important quality in Aaron Swartz more than his technical ability was that he cared about people here and across the world who are living in misery under totalitarian capitalism. There are many who are tech wiz kids. But Aaron Swartz was the socially conscious IT wizard. We need to support these people because they are a growing number of Swatzes, Snowdens, Mannings and Assanges. I think I would have done the same thing than have to live in a locked box(prison cell)for even just a couple years. The US post world war two has become increasingly fascist and totalitarian. The police state is so brutal i don't think we have much of chance protesting on the streets anymore(i hope i am wrong). What we need is more people inside the centers of power to change things from within. And for those today where not enough change for dissent inside, we need to get them to safety to tell the world what our Orwellian empire is perpetrating on people here and to our brothers and sisters from foreign countries too. god bless you aaron, i know you are in a better place. your spirit lives on
Also, download from the torrent here is super fast thanks to the hundreds seeders. ;-)
July 4, 2014 Subject:
Thank you for sharing
A must-see, mind opener. It would make a great story, if it wasn't a real world tragedy.
I'd like to especially thank IA for making this documentary accessible for those of us, who couldn't watch through google play.
July 4, 2014 Subject:
Must watch for anyone with respect for the internet!
The world truly did loose one of the most amazing and creative minds of our generation. His legacy will surely not die with him. Aaron has shaped so many minds directly and indirectly and Aaron s Law id only the start.
July 3, 2014 Subject:
An American Hero; will never forget
Great film on what Aaron Swartz was about. On July 4th, I will take my hat off to Aaron Swartz, who was a remarkable young man and true American hero for liberty.
July 3, 2014 Subject:
Thank you for this
Its a story that needs to be told, and a job well done. Such a tragic end to a brilliant, passionate child of the future.. his legacy will continue to live on
July 2, 2014 Subject:
Aaron's prosecution and death is sad.
It is also sad that nothing changed with respect to open access to science.
In memory of Aaron, let's strive for change.
Let his death not be in vain: www.epistimi.org
(epistimi means science in greek)
June 29, 2014 Subject:
Muy capo este flaco
Necesitamos más nerds orientados a política y derechos humanos.
Irónico que el streaming del video se cortara y lo tuve que ir a buscar a YouTube. No estaba en YouTube y me lo tuve que bajar. Re 2003.